Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by jaimee
"Although i haven't learned with Andy through takelessons yet, he has taught me in the past in person and will be teaching me online from across the countr
y! He is a great teacher because he is so willing to put the time into his lessons. I had no experience when our lessons started but he has helped mold me into a musician. Thanks!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Marc is very patient. There were times I didn't have time to practice between lessons and he was still able to find something we could work on during our
lesson that would help me. He gave me great insight on what/how to practice and incorporate what I learned to help my progress, even on my tight schedule."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Richard
"Glad I Found Steve
I had been taking lessons from a local guitar teacher for a couple of years before he moved out of state. I was concerned that I would
not be able to find a quality teacher after that, however, Steve was suggested by my former teacher and I went in to see him for a lesson to see if I liked his style and methods. I have been learning how to play and about music from him for some time now. I would most definitely recommend Steve if you are looking for a teacher in the Murfreesboro, TN or Franklin, TN areas. He is professional, knows the music business and most definitely is a very good guitar player and teacher."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Gerald
"Passion and patience
My 9 year old daughter with no music background began taking lessons with Talia. I was very impressed with Talia's passion for music
and teaching. She's everything you want in an instructor...knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and passionate. My daughter likes Talia so much....she can't wait for her lesson each week! And she's making progress with each lesson!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Violin lessons with Jill G
Jill, is a true professional at her craft and makes learning the violin fun. She is a master at her craft improving on a stude
nts techniques and music theory. Her instructional teaching enhances the ability to play this difficult instrument with ease with her one on one instruction as well as group teaching. Anyone who has the opportunity to encounter her instructional teaching will benefit from her style and passion of teaching from the beginner, intermediate and advanced level student."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Lesley
"Excellent at trouble shooting and fantastic teacher
My experience with Anna has been wonderful. She has the ability to quickly troubleshoot any problems
I am having with technique and making multiple suggestions to correct the issue. Anna also teaches at each studentâs pace ensuring the proper technique and skills are captured before progressing. Her musical passion is evident, contagious and appreciated."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by DJ
"I've been a performer for many years....
Simply put, Elena brought me to a whole new level.. Recommend her, YES!!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Layla
"She was excellent. Learned more in first lesson than in all lessons put together with the last teacher ! Friendly and engaging."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Faith
"Ori's years of training, practice, and experience as a professional guitarist and teacher make him an ideal choice for learning to play and improving skil
ls on the guitar. Learning from him has greatly improved my playing. He is skilled, patient, and supportive throughout the learning process. I wouldn't choose or recommend anyone else."
After living in Southern California, I am now living in Spring Hill, Tennessee, which is outside of Nashville. I am so happy to be in Nashville, and looking forward to finding students in this part of the country. So please read forward and learn about my teaching abilities. Musician and instructor with more than 40+ years experience performing and helping others to fulfill their musical aspirations. Able to perform and teach in a variety of formats over multiple genres. Started playing accordion at age 7. Massachusetts State Champion at age 10, 11 and 12. Attended Holyoke Community College,
majoring in Music Education. 25+ years experience performing solo and in various bands throughout the East coast. Performing for a variety of venues within a multiple of musical genres. Have written over 200 songs, and produced 6 solo CD's and currently producing the 7th CD in the studio. 20+ years experience as a recording studio session player providing keyboard tracks across musical genres. Designed a program for the public libraries throughout New England and New Mexico, to teach students quickly in a 5 week course in a classroom environment on keyboards. With this course students learned the basics of music, and to play simple popular music. Program so well received, a local cable access TV station taped the lessons and they still are playing today. With my diverse background, I offer many options for students to learn in a unique and exciting way, with the focus on student goals, and success.
*** Lesson Details *** Individual lesson plans are created based on the students musical acumen. I will start by teaching the fundamentals with a strong emphasis on the Circle of Fiths; the foundation for understanding and predicting musical progressions. The music that we work on will be chosen by the student. With my program, gone are the days of practicing for hours and hours on a piece of music that you are not passionate about.
in 3 to 6 months, my students will understand the Circle of Fifths, major and minor scales and how to apply this knowledge, so that the music they want to hear and play, is literally at their finger tips.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha CP300, Roland XP80, Korg M50
*** Travel Equipment *** Have keyboards, will travel.
*** Specialties *** Circle of fifths. All contemporary music i.e. classic rock country. Techniques with workstations and sequencing.
Cameron is a musician, teacher, and worship leader. He recently moved from Anaheim, CA 9 years ago to achieve a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University and now resides in Nashville, TN.
Since 2004 I have gigged, recorded, and wrote/ co-wrote music in Nashville, TN. When I graduated in 2008 I went on the road for a couple years with an artist named Dave Hunt when I returned from the road I wasn't quite sure what to do next. I decided that I might enjoy teaching so for the last 4 years I have started small and built up my student base to around 30-35 students a week. I als
o teach high school music history and music theory at a home school tutorial and enrichment school in town. I simply use the college curriculum that I received and fine tune it for students from all levels of playing (basically like getting a college music lesson for much cheaper!)
"I have a passion and love for finding the best way to teach a new musical idea/technique/song, I am bold and will use the best way to teach you, based on your learning style."
*** Lesson Details *** I teach multiple styles (jazz, pop, rock, latin, country, bluegrass, and classical) on the instruments listed on my page and love to teach songs, technique, and music theory in my lessons. I also throw in, if asked for, note reading, and ear training by transcription of staff notation and the Nashville number system.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated lesson space. - Amplifiers for electric guitar and bass. - Electric guitar, 2 Acoustic guitars, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, and Mandolin - Audio Technica AT4040, Pre-Sonus TubePre, M-Audio Mobile USB DAC, Apple Mac mini, Logic DAW, and M1 Active Alesis Studio Monitors for Audio Recording. -M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 for Piano playing.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring all curriculum. I expect each student to own the respective instrument that they are wanting to learn.
*** Specialties *** I like to blend a basis of music theory in with my song instruction, and I teach blues, jazz, country, rock, bluegrass, and latin styles of music. Since I have experience as a working musician, having been playing rock music in live settings for about 8 years and also jazz music for 6 years with 4 years of jazz study at Belmont University, I would say I have gathered a wide range of musical styles and specialize in all of them.
Kara K. July 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
For years, I've wanted to play guitar and had picked up a very basic understanding of how to play along the way. Cameron quickly identified the things I knew and adapted each lesson to where my skill level was at. He was great at incorporating the things I wanted to know with the things I needed to know, and built my lessons from the meager understanding I already had. A great experience, all around. Highly recommended!
Gerry M. April 17, 2013
As a middle-aged adult just getting started learning an instrument, I was concerned about how well I would do. Cameron makes the learning curve easy and with practical homework assignments along the way, immediate feedback is assured. Highly recommended
Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David:
"I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and
songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic chords, showed me how to move and follow vocal melodies and challenged me to SEE what I was playing. All at the speed of thought."
Scott Rogness Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist/Guitarist
David F. plays a custom built guitar with Bartoline electronics made by Jay Rhyne in Atlanta, GA. For live performances, David uses a Roland Guitar Synth and an Apple PowerBook with Logic audio for mixing his arsenal of software synthesizers and samplers, as well as Guitar Rig for guitar effects processing. When in Nashville contact David F. for private guitar lessons.
I am always looking for the band that will allow me to express myself, my influences include Hendrix, Page, Dimeola, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many others.
I read music and charts, and between practicing, teaching, playing, and recording, I have spent 80+ hours a week for the past 34 years with a guitar. I like to soar in the wind when I am playing."
*** Lesson Details *** Almost all of my students learn bar chords and how to use them in song they want to play in the first hour of lesson time.
Almost all of my students begin in the first lesson with songs like Little Wing and Georgia On My Mind, and Stairway To Heaven, with the right chords in sheet music form. Once you learn how to do that you can begin to take yourself through songbooks, if you learn how to use the printed music, there is a vast amount of it available everywhere.
Almost all of my students are reading melodies using real notation by the 4th or 5th lesson. Reading melodies they like and want to play. Although my students know how to use tab, Notation is the best way and they all prefer it, once they know the difference. Like the Stairway To Heaven Solo, or any of the beautiful Spanish melodies from J.Rodrigo, or blues ,jazz,rock and roll, once you can read, you can read anything in print on your own.
All of my students learn rhythm skills playing scales and songs with a metronome, so you learn how to play in time, as you develop stronger rhythm skills you can play better alone or with other people.
All of my students learn the Music Theory. What Time Signatures are and mean, Scales and scale harmonization. Chord progressions and playing through the chord changes. All of these and more are the fundamentals you will begin to work on in the first 4-5 hours of lessons with me. I just don't show you songs, I teach you to teach yourself and begin to become musically independent. Work on picking and speed and most importantly touch and feel. Work on Finger picking as well, learn to use all 5 fingers on your right hand. or use the pick and 3 fingers, with me you WILL use your pinky or little finger. By 3-4 months we will have covered the fundamentals and be working on more advanced material, songs and technique.
*** Studio Equipment *** separate room with seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I use a Learn to play Guitar book that i wrote and self publish in full color. I also use several books by Jerry Coker with some jazz students,and I recommend the Harvard Dictionary of music to students I teach the fundamentals of music applied to the guitar and bass, as well as metronome skills,sight reading and music theory.
Mike L. December 8, 2014
Online Verified Student
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
Mike L. September 23, 2014
Online Verified Student
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
Lewis G. May 15, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
Hello! My name is Justin, a Christian musician that recently moved to the Nashville/Brentwood area from Michigan. I'm a pianist, guitarist and bassist that loves performing, teaching, learning, and above all enjoying life. When I'm not working on music, I'm usually found biking or running through the hills of southern Nashville. I love nature and all of the opportunities that it gives us to explore and learn!
I started my formal music education when I was in the third grade, taking classical piano lessons at my parents’ request. I progressed steadily but never felt truly connected to w
hat I was doing. Two years later, I was introduced to pop piano music through the worship band at my church. I learned to play by ear and read chord charts, taking my abilities far beyond the reach of classical piano. By the time that I reached high school, I was playing piano, guitar and bass as well as singing and acting. By my senior year, music had consumed so much of my time that sports were pushed to the side. I loved it!
Before I knew it, I was being pressured into picking a college. I had planned on going to school for Computer Science, but knew that music was my passion. While the money would have been great, sitting in a cubicle just isn’t my style. I decided upon Cornerstone University, a small Christian school in Grand Rapids, MI. For two years, I studied piano, voice and guitar in the school’s Contemporary Christian Music program. The program was great, but I needed a more competitive environment that only a larger school could offer.
In the fall of 2008, I transferred to Grand Valley State University and loved it! My teachers were great, the other students were supportive, and overall there was a culture of learning and growth. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Grand Valley in April of 2011. I decided to take the summer off of working and enjoy the sunshine, then moved to the Nashville area in November of 2011. I’m currently serving as Worship Leader for a church in Nashville.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that every student is unique, therefore each lesson should also be unique. By understanding the student's motivation to study music and play an instrument, we can work together to set goals that will set the student up for success.
For piano, I prefer to use either the Bastien or Alfred series, depending on the student's goals, experience, and age. For guitar or bass, it depends on which style(s) of music the student would like to learn. I have plenty of resources available, so the sky is the limit. No matter which instrument you study, the ability to play properly is important from the very first lesson!
Above all, learning music should be fun! Life is about finding the balance between work and play - for me, music does that perfectly. What started as a simple hobby has turned into a wonderful career. With time and practice, it's amazing how much this small hobby can enrich your life!
*** Studio Equipment *** Quiet home studio with seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** While in college, I studied classical voice and piano, as well as a few semesters of guitar. During that time, I held positions as both a classical singer and a pianist at churches in town.
On the side, I specialize in pop and rock music. Before college, most of my piano experience was playing with bands, pit orchestras, coffee shop duets, etc.
Classical music is invaluable, but I realize that most students are more interested in learning how to play contemporary music. As a young musician that grew up playing what he heard on the radio, I'm able to incorporate classical music and technique with modern theory and aural skills. Once you have all of those basics, the student will easily be able to learn a variety of styles of music.
ChampaP June 27, 2012
The lessons are great he is finally improving on sight reading. Thank you.
Hello! My name is Kevin, and I'd like to be your teacher. I'm a former high school teacher, and I'm also a part-time guitar player in Nashville. I've taught Honors English, AP Seminar, and various Social Sciences at the high school level, and I've taught several students to play guitar (some of whom are currently quite successful in the music industry). In addition, I've coached both football and baseball at the high school level, and I was a walk-on member of the football team in college. I love teaching, regardless of the subject, and I love to learn as well. I'm constantly teaching myself n
ew things, and I find joy in making and sharing these kinds of discovery. I'm always looking for new ways to connect to students and their interests. I believe that makes learning fun and fulfilling.
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